Being a vegetarian traveller is an advantage as well as a disadvantage. The good part is that we’re less likely to get food poisoned, as meat is often badly cooked and tend to have a lot of bacterias and bugs on it.
The downside however, is that there often isn’t much to choose between on the menu, your choice stands between a salad, a Margarita pizza or French Fries.
That’s why I have made a list of the top 6 countries to visit for vegetarian food lovers.
Top 6 Countries For Vegetarian Food Lovers:
India is a vegetarian heaven. I remember having dinner with a group westerners in India. They were all meat eaters, and wouldn’t stop complaining of the lack of food choice; Lamb, or lamb? I was surprised and said that I thought there were heaps of choices of food. ”Yes, for you who are vegetarian maybe, but not for us!”, as if meat eaters couldn’t eat vegetables…
However, being a vegetarian in India doesn’t raise any eyebrows. In fact, instead of having vegetarian choices on the menu, they have a section for Non-vegetarian…
One of my strongest memories from Kuala Lumpur was when we went to a vegetarian restaurant that only had duck and ham on the menu, but I found out later that it was all vegetarian. It was kind of like the western people’s Quorn, it reminds you of duck but it’s made of something else. Malaysia is known for the best cuisine in South East Asia, their food is inspired from China, India and Europe – a pretty cool mix.
They’re known for having the most advanced vegetarian cultures in the world. I would guess it’s because of two reasons; They have a widely mixed population with people from all over the world, and they are ahead of other countries in the food thinking and have caught on the latest trends.
More and more westerners are realizing how much healthier it is to eat vegetarian based food, so there are heaps of Health food- and Raw food restaurants to choose from. I wouldn’t call their ‘native’ food vegetarian, but as good as every restaurant and fast food place have vegetarian options.
Israeli restaurants abide by the ‘Kosher’ laws, meaning they don’t serve pork or shellfish. Plus my favourites falafel and hummus are available everywhere!
Even if chicken seems to be the most common food, you can easily get around being a vegetarian. Many of the dishes are prepared with fish sauce, but for those who don’t like that, you can most often ask to have it made with another sauce.
Apparently, Toronto is said to be the most diverse city in the world, and there are heaps of vegetarian choices from all kinds of cultures. A bit like London I guess.
If you have been to any other countries which you have found Vegetarian-Friendly, you can post them in the comments below!